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Big nations block curbs on tuna overfishing

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Environmental activists hold banners as others depict a school of tuna during a rally outside the South Korean Embassy in suburban Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Nov. 29, 2012. Efforts to curb overfishing of tuna in the Pacific were blocked by big countries that refused to cut their catch at a meeting of tuna-fishing nations in the Asia-Pacific, delegates said Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012.  AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA

MANILA, Philippines—Efforts to curb overfishing of tuna in the Pacific were blocked by big countries that refused to cut their catch at a meeting of tuna-fishing nations in the Asia-Pacific, delegates said Thursday.   The Western and Central Pacific Commission, comprising 30 member nations and territories, ended a five-day meeting in Manila with minor agreements [...]

Posted: December 7th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipinos fly flag in Spratlys

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The island of Kalayaan, which means "Freedom" in the Filipino language, that was created in 1978 mainly to assert the Philippines' claim to the disputed territory in the Spratlys, a chain of islets in the West Philippine Sea. AFP/Kayalaan Municipal office

For the few dozen Filipinos living on a remote speck of land in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), each day is a battle against loneliness but also a love affair with nature.

Posted: July 18th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US, Philippines start navy drills amid China row

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PUERTO PRINCESA—The United States pledged on Tuesday its “enduring commitment” to helping the Philippines, as the longtime allies began naval exercises amid a simmering maritime row with China. Two state-of-the-art US missile destroyers sailed into Philippine waters to kick-start 11 days of training, which will take place close to the much coveted South China Sea [...]

Posted: June 28th, 2011 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Walled city of Intramuros to rise again

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Tourists walk in front of the San Augustin Cathedral in Intramuros. AFP

After enduring wars, earthquakes, fires and poverty-driven neglect, the walled city of Intramuros that makes up the Philippine capital’s historic center may rise again as a tourist attraction.

Posted: June 10th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Desperate efforts to sneak out of Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines—Six women dressed as nuns stood anxiously in a queue at Manila’s chaotic international airport, unaware their shoes were about to end their dreams of an illegal job abroad. At the immigration counter, an official looked up after stamping a genuine traveller’s passport and surveyed the women. “People were wondering, if they were nuns [...]

Posted: May 11th, 2011 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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